Wednesday 27 March 2019

Scottish National Party's Nicola Sturgeon concedes defeat

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon watching apprentice Craig McKee manufacturing a steel 'Yes' sign at Steel Engineering in Renfrew, Scotland ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday (Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon watching apprentice Craig McKee manufacturing a steel 'Yes' sign at Steel Engineering in Renfrew, Scotland ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday (Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)
Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon is joined by actor Peter Mullan on the campaign trail ahead of the Scottish independence referendum
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (MSP), on the Yes Campaign trail in Easterhouse with anti-poverty campaigner and lifelong Labour Party member Bob Holman in Glasgow

A leader of Scotland's independence campaign effectively conceded defeat on Friday after a historic referendum. Well done to Glasgow, our commonwealth city, and to the people of Scotland for such a incredible support'

"Like thousands of others across the country I've put my heart and soul into this campaign and there is a real sense of disappointment that we've fallen narrowly short of securing a yes vote," Nicola Sturgeon, deputy leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, told BBC Television.

With most regional results now declared, a Reuters calculations put support for staying in the United Kingdom at 54 percent. A final declaration is expected in the next hour or two.

Her comments came before SNP leader Alex Salmond tweeted his thanks to Yes supporters.

"Well done to Glasgow, our commonwealth city, and to the people of Scotland for such a incredible support," he said in a tweet posted at 5.36am.

Reuters

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